John Bly, CPA, CVA, CM&A, CGMA   

South Atlantic Regional Leader | Tax Partner | M&A Specialist | TEDx Speaker

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Who I work with

Are you a CEO or an owner of a company between $10-50M in revenue looking for a strategic growth advisor and M&A expert? Let’s talk. I can provide guidance, thought leadership and creative ideas, and access to other professionals who can facilitate your growth. I lead a passionate team of 100+ Aprio advisors that can help you achieve your objectives.

My specialty

I have deep expertise in M&A and business strategies that support entrepreneurship and profitable growth. I can help you determine the right value for your business, the right business to buy, and the right strategies to decrease your tax burden and increase your net worth.

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Results I have delivered

Before joining Aprio, a top 50, CPA-led advisory firm, I engineered my own firm’s growth both organically and through M&A, merging successfully with 14 firms. This garnered my firm, LBA Haynes Strand, national recognition on the Inc. 5,000 lists five years in a row. I leverage both first-hand experience and insights from consulting hundreds of clients to deliver results.

Unique things about me

I wrote the book on successful business combinations: Cracking the Code to M&A Growth. I host the Aprio Advisor podcast series, and I’m a frequent contributor to media outlets, including Accounting Today, the AICPA, Sky Business TV (Australia), and ExitCoachRadio.com.

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When I am not at work

I have a passion for traveling with my family, having visited six continents and more than 50 countries. I’m a Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member, and a former three-year member of EO’s Global Board of Directors.

People say I am

A dynamic speaker, entrepreneur, and outgoing competitive business partner.


“TEDx speaker and top-rated keynote and global business conference presenter.”